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Miriam asks Ricardo why the Beatles and other Western rock music are banned in Cuba. Her father's answer fails to satisfy her. Ricardo is appointed editor-in-chief of the journal "Moncada", the official organ of the Ministry of the Interior.

In 1980 more than 10,000 Cuban men and women occupy the Peruvian embassy in Havana. They demand to leave Cuba. Fidel Castro eventually allows everyone to go who wants to. From the port of Mariel 120,000 people leave Cuba and emigrate to the United States. That same year Miriam finishes her studies and begins to teach at the school of visual arts. She is happily married to Augusto, and they have two children: a son, Arian, and a daughter, Ayleen. But Miriam and Augusto also have plans to emigrate. The school learns of this.

The school board organizes an act of «repudio» - of «exclusion» - outside Miriam's house, and Miriam's own students are forced to participate. Miriam is informed that she is no longer permitted to work as a teacher.
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